Hey, East Coast, You Can Watch a Rocket Launch to the Moon Tonight

And here’s where you should go to see it.

National Journal
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Brian Resnick
Sept. 6, 2013, 6:47 a.m.

We’re go­ing to the moon. Well, we’re go­ing to or­bit the moon.

Fri­day night at 11:27, NASA plans to launch the LADEE (pro­nounced lad-ee) lun­ar or­bit­er, which will col­lect dust — lit­er­ally — as it circles the moon and stud­ies the lun­ar at­mo­sphere. The launch will be NASA’s first from its flight fa­cil­ity on Wal­lops Is­land off the Vir­gin­ia coast, which means that most of the East Coast will be able to see it as­cend in­to the cos­mos. 

Know­ing that space launches are awe­some, Or­bit­al (the com­pany that man­u­fac­tured the rock­et) has cre­ated these guides show­ing where you can watch the LADEE fly.

A huge swath of the East Coast will be able to see it.


But there might not be a bet­ter place to watch the launch than here in Wash­ing­ton on the Na­tion­al Mall.


For a more sym­bol­ic loc­a­tion of the ad­vance­ments in hu­man in­genu­ity, you could also travel to the site of the first flight in North Car­o­lina.


Va­ca­tion­ing on the Jer­sey Shore or Cape Cod? Yup, you can watch it there, too.


In New York City, you may have to stand atop a sky­scraper, but you can see it as well.